UFCW 1000, whose members work in 98 Kroger supermarkets in the region, said an interim agreement was reached on September 2 and 93% of members voted for the new contract on September 10. The previous agreement was ratified in September 2017. “We are pleased to reach an agreement that benefits our employees, including substantial salary increases and improved health care sponsored by Kroger,” Adam Wampler, president of Kroger`s Dallas department, said in a statement. “I appreciate our staff for supporting this agreement and for providing an exciting service to our customers every day.” Gelsons, Stater Brothers and Super A have signed Me-too agreements. This means that they have approved in advance all the agreements, including in the various wage and benefit agreements that Ralphs and Albertsons/Vons approve. “Today`s agreement is further proof that the negotiations have been in good faith able to achieve a real victory shared by the company, its customers, these communities and the food workers who continue to serve.” On its Facebook page, UFCW 1000 explained that the new agreement also makes health and social assistance services more accessible by reducing eligibility requirements by the hour and restoring services like La Vision, as well as putting more money in members` pockets by putting lower increases and health costs in the pockets. An agreement will be ratified if workers vote 50 per cent plus one to accept its terms. Once ratified, the treaty will become final and binding until it is dissolved. If a majority does not vote “yes,” the offer is rejected.
Sometimes it can be a labour dispute to reach an agreement. The UFCW 770 Grocery contract is a 3-year contract. “We stayed together and reached an agreement that raises wages; Protects affordable, quality health care and ensures benefits for the future,” said Ricky Burris, President of UFCW Local 1000. “This treaty creates more opportunities for our members to lead better lives.” “Today, UFCW and Stop-Shop are proud to announce a preliminary agreement on a new bonus that pays tribute to The employees of Stop and Shop for their incredible efforts. UFCW would like to pay tribute to Stop and Shop for recognizing not only its employees, but also for continuing to work with UFCW, America`s largest food and retail union, to improve the lives of these dedicated workers and their families. Your union contract is one of the most important documents you have as a member of the union. It contains practical and relevant information about your wages, benefits and working conditions. This legally binding agreement has a direct impact on your life, from the moment your increases go to your rights and benefits in your workplace. The agreement provides for retroactive premium payments in the form of lump sum payments of 10 per cent of all hours worked between July 5, 2020 and August 22, 2020 to recognize their ongoing efforts to ensure that communities have access to the food and stocks they need if the COVID 19 pandemic continues. During the quarter, Kroger ratified new employment contracts with UFCW on employees in Roanoke, Va., said Chief Financial Officer Gary Millerchip.
The company is now negotiating with the union for branch staff contracts in Las Vegas; Little Rock, Ark; Houston; and Charleston, W.Va., and expected later this year, in talks with UFCW for fry`s Stores employees in Arizona, he added.